Charles Banks Wilson
Charles Banks Wilson has spent
much of his career painting documentary portraits of Oklahomans.
Born in Arkansas in 1918 and raised in Miami, Oklahoma,
Wilson was accepted at the Art Institute of Chicago in
1936 to study painting, watercolor, and lithography.
After serving an apprenticeship
with illustrators at the Chicago Tribune, Wilson came to
the attention of Thomas Hart Benton (1899-1975). Through
Benton's recommendation, Wilson went to New York City to
provide a print for a folio being prepared by the American
Art Association. From that start, Wilson began his career
as a book illustrator.
Wilson returned to Oklahoma
during World War II and began teaching classes at Northeastern
A&M College, where he established the art department
and served as its head for fifteen years. Since 1960, Wilson
has painted full time, gaining recognition for his oil
paintings such as the images of famous Oklahomans in the